Portland >Food & Dining > Fu Jin
3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.512211 -122.627670
Neighborhoods: Sunnyside, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
I like it! – We go here about once a month and we've always enjoyed the food and low key atmosphere. Our favorite waiter is the son of the family. He is always gracious and manages to get a good short conversation in when there is time. If you are looking around for good, cheap chinese food in portland, this is the spot. woohoo!
Mixed Bag – Fu-Jin has been a mixed bag for me. When I moved here 4 years ago, the food there was fantastic: always arrived steaming hot, good quality meats, nice sauces. Suddenly, it went completely foul. I had bad food on several occasions: overly battered, poor cuts of meat, bad taste and I was once a victim of undercooked chicken there, very pink on the inside, when I sent it back, they brought me more that was overcooked and burned. I didn't go for a while. A month ago, I decided to give it another chance. It was vastly improved with a new menu. The sweet and sour prawns had a very light panko bread crumb coating, not the usual heavy batter, and were delicious! Hopefully, they are on an uphill swing. The woman who works there is a grade A b***ch! I don't know what her problem is. Hopefully, Fu-Jin will once again have great food and that lady will get on Paxil or something.
Not Bad... – But not great. I got the crispy eggplant because that's all anyone I've ever talked to about this place could talk about and it was good. Not bad, not great, but good. Definately better than a lot of Chinese restaurants in town, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to go here. If you want a quick pretty cheap Chinese food fix though, it'll take care of your craving.
Editorial Review by Mary Morley – Family-owned restaurant in the Hawthorne neighborhood proffers Chinese staples and is well known for its hot and sour soup.
Not Greasy! – My husband usually doesn't like Chinese food, and he loved this. The family owned restaurant is really friendly, and the food is good. We really liked the potstickers, General Tso's chicken, and Dry Sauteed Stringbeans.
Bad Food and Mean Hostess! – I have very little to say for this spot other than the food is a sloppy excuse for Chinese food and that the hostess was very mean and rude to my party and I. Twice this happend! And twice the chicken came to our table pink and cold on the inside. I should have never gone back a second time.
Excellent cheap lunch – New to Portland; stopped here for lunch. Excellent but not spectacular food at a reasonable price for lunches. Good variety.
Great Lunch Specials, Great Food – The food here is fabulous and always hot. The hot and sour soup is amongst the best in the city. Lunch specials served until three are super cheap and tasty. If you order carryout you will be greeted on the other end of the phone by Becky, half of the husband and wife pair that own the restaurant. She can be a bit abrupt, partially due to the fact that they are often very busy, but will warm up if you become a frequent customer. This place is a gem.
pepper salt squid and eggplant – This place serves hot and sour soup that is actually both hot and sour! It's so good it makes my mouth water when I eat it.
The crispy eggplant is the best such dish I have ever tasted, and I *like* aubergine and eat it comparatively often in many dishes. The texture is amazing, as is that of the pepper salt squid.
I happen to be a chef who aspires to specialization in Asian cuisines. The preparation, texture, seasoning, and service of the pepper salt squid are the second best I've ever had, and wonderfully consistent. I am mightily impressed, and I like the couple who run the place.
I just came back from lunch at Fu Jin with my sweetie, and we shared lunch specials of the above two dishes. It was delicious and cost twelve bucks. Go. If you know Chinese food (in my admittedly biased opinion) you'll love the place.
Quite the abomination – Some people like this place for reasons unimaginable. Their signature dish is the crispy eggplant, but it can be spotty. You're really just slurping sauce if you get this sometimes, other times it can be okay. Everything else is below average. Like most places, you should try them at least once-but like some places, it's not an enjoyable experience and the only reason you should go to them is to know how bad they are so you will know for sure that they're really that bad. This place is probably the worst place to eat Chinese food, if you can call it that-even essence of china is better than this place. Go here with an open mind, leave with a narrow mind.
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